Elbow - Little Fictions album review
Manchester maestros spread some much-needed love
In the wake of their massive success with 2008’s The Seldom Seen Kid, Elbow have become nothing short of national treasures. It’s not just Guy Garvey’s mastery of everyman poetry, crafting a vignette so vivid it instantly feels like a faded snapshot from our own lives, loves and friendships. Nor is it simply the music, the way they’ve made progressive ideas palatable for the wider world in a way that looks effortless. It’s the warmth, the shameless love and affection that shines through every one of their songs that’s made the country take them to their hearts so fiercely. Even in moments of emotional anguish, a state that saturated 2014’s The Take Off And Landing Of Everything, the sadness is delivered with a teary bear hug rather than a swipe of the claws. In a scary world, they’re a ray of kindness that we need more than ever.